Read about a contemporary vanishing edge designed to complement the modern factory-turned-house on the property, as well as the surrounding topography.Read More
The major renovation of a pool structure is never an easy undertaking. Determining the quality of the in-place concrete is an art in and of itself. The question of when and where to use proper concrete applications on the pool adds to the face that pool renovation is not for the faint of heart.
Now, admittedly, the pool industry propagates, breeds, and promotes self-proclaimed contractors who are experts without any expertise or quality experience for that matter. Countless times we see concrete pool renovations where a “licensed” (I use this term lightly) contractor will place new concrete walls or sections to areas of an older pool where original concrete was removed. This replacement of material is set without proper substrate preparation, required bond characteristics, proper reinforcement placement, or an understanding of cold joints. A year or two later the owner is left with a crack from debonding at the interface between the old and new work. This crack permeates through the pool plaster cementitious finish, often showing leaching or efflorescence, and the client becomes irate with the repair contractor after spending a good sum of money only to experience the same cracking issues they probably had before.
UNDERSTANDING THE SHOTCRETE PROCESS
Understanding the use of shotcrete placement and its benefits will enhance the quality and durability of pool structural renovation. Even contractors who don’t necessarily grasp the fine details of marrying two concrete installations together can benefit from using shotcrete placement and its inherent monolithic properties.
THE CONNECTICUT PROJECT
Shotcrete was the only answer to a renovation proposition we received from a client in an affluent Connecticut neighborhood, bordering the State Capitol. The streets are populated with historic homes featuring grand architecture and design that have stood the test of time. With a homestead steeped in history, our client’s back yard featured a pool that was at one time considered a jewel in the neighborhood. The structure was an outdated kidney shape with a leaking tile line and structural cracking. The renovation approach with the homeowner was to review the condition of the pool; test the hydraulic lines; assess turnover and functionality of the water in transit to determine water, electrical, and fuel consumptions; and compare this to a new sustainable and energy efficient water shape. We also proposed removal of all the finished masonry materials to examine the core concrete structure. The goal was to have the information and data necessary to make a recommendation to the owners regarding one simple question—“is the pool concrete structure worth building and renovating or is it too deteriorated to put money into?”
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Read about a unique build on the Long Island Sound that combined a vanishing edge with perimeter overflow - and dual acrylic panels.Read More
2018 brought many changes and challenges. Read on to find out what our team was up to this past year.Read More
Read how pool construction at the water’s edge differs from traditional pool construction, including specific considerations that must be made.Read More
Read about the 2017 American Shotcrete Association’s Outstanding Pool & Recreational Project, which drew inspiration from one of Frank Lloyd’s Wright’s most famous architectural masterpieces.Read More
In 2008, William Drakeley was at a crossroads and saw this big, uniquely challenging project as a way to separate himself from the crowd. It was a bit more than he bargained for, but he persisted -- and knows that making it all work changed the regional perception of his business.Read More
If you’re part of the in-ground pool industry, then you’re either using shotcrete or you’ve heard of it. However, the consensus is that many pool contractors aren’t up to date on shotcrete processes.Read More
In 2013, Drakeley Pool Company was contracted by Artemis Landscape Architects to construct a double vanishing edge pool and vanishing edge spa for a Fairfield Beach home, situated directly on the Long Island Sound. Read about the full project, including completely reworked and renovated home and surrounding landscapeRead More
Working with a property owner who insists on an unconventional approach to a project can be a challenge. But it definitely helps, reports William Drakeley, when that client is also open-minded, imaginative and absolutely set on achieving brilliant, gem-like results. Read about custom Lautner-edge glass tile pool/spa combination project we completed in 2015.Read More
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art held their 2017 Arthur Ross Awards at the University Club of New York on May 1st. The Awards were established in 1982 to recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical architectural tradition.Read More
The Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA) has recently named its winners in the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards - Builders Competition. In the Specialty Pools category, Drakeley Pool Company has been awarded Gold for their outstanding design of a perimeter overflow and an all-tiled pool. In additional to these two Gold Awards, DPC also snagged the Gold Award for Exceptional Recognition in Design and Building.Read More
Improved air quality for its swimmers is what the Ethel Walker School was looking for. Drakeley Pool Company delivered.Read More
Learn how Bill Drakeley got started in the pool industry and why he is so passionate about what he does in Genesis 3's Magnificence of SWD Masters Series.Read More
As we make our way into the fall, the Drakeley construction crews are busier than ever. The dry spells have allowed our craftsmen to continue custom installation for clients who want the majority of the 'heavy lifting' done while their outdoor spaces are not in use. Smart people!
Also delighted to announce that Drakeley Pool Company was featured in Luxury Pools' Fall/Winter 2016 Edition.
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Your water should be as healthy as you are.Read More
Luxury pool building meets heavy construction. Shotcrete is the link.
Drakeley Pool Company principal Bill Drakeley contributes to an industry-wide discussion on the merits and uses of wet-mix shotcrete vs. dry mix shotcrete.Read More
Drakeley Pool Company principal Bill Drakeley was quoted in an extensive article examining the use of fiber reinforcement in shotcrete applications.Read More
Drakeley VP Lily Samuels talks high-end pool design and sharing a client's vision.Read More